ALIÑAO TO CELEBRATE LIFE AND ART
A traditional drink in eastern Cuba has taken root among the preparations made by the Cuban family to receive newborns: aliñao.
The preparation process begins as soon as the woman discovers that she is pregnant and tells her parents and husband about it. The man immediately starts the task of looking for the fruits and the liquor necessary to make the drink. It all begins with a syrup or brown sugar to which figs and fig leaves are added. Later on, the mixture is cooked for a few minutes. The fruits are cooked independently and poured into a jug (a 10-liter glass bottle). Finally, the booze is added according to the desired amounts.
Another tradition linked to aliñao consists of burying a bottle, which is preserved for fifteen years and then uncork to celebrate the girl’s coming of age when she reaches 15 years old.